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[at-l] gear list in order of priority



After my total meltdown, TOTAL METLDOWN, in Hightower Gap, I will not be
without a pot stand for long.

What does everyone use?

Dawg

----- Original Message -----
From: <TrailR@aol.com>
To: <infinity1plus1@yahoo.com>; <at-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2005 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] gear list in order of priority


> In a message dated 4/17/2005 3:14:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> infinity1plus1@yahoo.com writes:
>
> Dear  People,
>
> Imagine...
> ... you are a novice hiker.
> ...  you have no gear.
> ... you have an  unlimited cash flow.
> ... you want to  thru-hike the AT.
> ... you have all the  time in the world to prepare.
>
> I know that the pack  is the last thing to purchase, and I already have my
> cell phone powered and  charged and ready to go (only joking). Taking all
of
> this into account, what  would you suggest purchasing first? Basically,
I'm
> trying to figure out where  I should begin.
> **
> I began with my big 3...
> Tent (Nomad lite)
>
> Sleeping bag (MountainSmith vision down +15 bag) & silk liner (Jag  bag)
>
> Sleeping pad (old 3/4 Thermarest, later replaced by 2" 3/4 thermarest  LE,
> I have a bad back).
>
> THEN I got my pack (ULA P2).
>
> My kitchen wasn't a big consideration...
> pepsi can stove
> Pot with home made lid
> Pot stand (wire mesh)
> wind screen (made out of oven liner)
>
> All of this weighed very little and all fit in my pot.
>
>
> My  thoughts are leaning towards boots and clothing, but only nudging out
the
>  "kitchen" by a tad.
> **
> My boots, I lucked into... Tried a pair of Lowa Tempest mids on at my
local
> outfitter (one of the few size 14 boots he had), and they were fantastic
> (big
> enough not to bind, or hit my toes on the down hills, I use merino wool
> socks).
> Blisters were the exception on my thru, not the rule.
> BE SURE YOUR BOOTS FIT!!! Whatever they are.... Too tight, too lose, tooo
> bad....
>
> :-(
>
> Also, I  wonder if it would not be prudent to purchase a few things to use
> for now, and  then purchase more specialized versions of the same, but
later on
> when it is  much closer to my actual thru-hike. Would it be a good idea to
buy
> a pack and  fill it with rocks and just walk around with it on all the
time?
> Would it be a  good idea to beat the hell out of some clothing just to see
> what it will take?  Things like this I realize may have obvious answers.
What I'm
> really hoping  this will do is get you all posting like crazy so that I
can
> get as many ideas  as possible to run...er hike... with.
> **
> Fill the pack with STUFF, that resembles your gear, so you get used to
hiking
> with gear in the pack (get used to packing it)... Unless you will really
be
> carrying
> rocks.. ;-)
>
> hotdog AT 03
>
> PS Don't over plan your hike... Just enjoy it.
>
>
>
> By the way, I went on my first hike in  eons last weekend. It was about 30
> minutes long and the 2 year old that was  with us moved faster than I did,
but
> at least it loosened up my ankle and  didn't aggravate my back too badly.
A
> year from now I'd like to make that same  hike in 29 minutes... maybe even
less.
> LOL! Keep in mind, I'm not lazy, just  recovering from car accident
induced
> injuries.
>
> Thanking you in advance for your help,
> Robert
>
> P.S.
> Buddhist thought for the day:
> Do not  speak- unless it improves on silence.
>
>
>
>
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